German Chocolate Cake

As most of my readers already know, I make birthday cakes for my co-workers. This is my boss’s cake. The last cake of the year. All birthday at my office seem to fall June-September, it’s a busy time for me! My boss’s favorite cake is German Chocolate, so I make him this cake every year (almost every year, we tried something different last year but decided to go back to the old favorite).
I want to apologize for the picture of the cake. I was going to take some pictures of the cake slices at work when he cut it. Unfortunately, the day  we gathered to give him his gifts, was a jam-packed busy work day. We did not get a chance to cut the cake and try it. I did get very good feedback on the cake!

Ingredients:
For Cake:
4 oz dark sweet chocolate
1/2 cup water
2 cups flour
1  tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup softened butter (2 sticks)
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, separated
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla

For Frosting/Filling:
12 oz can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter
4 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
7-8 oz shredded coconut
1 1/2 cup chopped pecan

Directions:
For Cake: 
Preheat the oven to 350.
1. Grease the bottoms of 3 9-inch round cake pans and line with cut out  parchment paper

2. Heat up the water until boiling hot and pour over the chopped chocolate. Stir constantly until the chocolate is completely melted

3. Beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy

4. Add egg yolks one at a time, beat after each addition

5. Stir in the chocolate and vanilla

6. Add flour, baking soda and salt to the bowl alternating with buttermilk. Beat well.

7. Beat egg whites in a separate bowl with clean beaters until stiff peaks appear

8. Fold the egg whites into the batter slowly

9. Separate the batter evenly between the cake pans. Try to get as close as possible so it will cook evenly.

10. Bake for 25 minutes or until the inserted in the center toothpick comes out clean.
11. Run the spatula between the cake and the sides of the pan. Cool for 10 minutes then take out pf the pans, peel the parchment paper off and cool completely before frosting.

For Frosting:
1. Place milk, sugar, butter, egg yolks and vanilla into a large saucepan

2. Stirring constantly, cook on medium heat until thickened and golden brown (about 15 minutes)
3. Remove from heat, stir in the coconut flakes and chopped pecans

4. Cool to room temperature. Spread in between the cake layers and frost the cake with it.

Enjoy!!

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Comments

  1. This looks delish! I’m your newest follower! Would love the follow back.

    -Jillian @ Food, Folks, and Fun.

  2. German chocolate cake is a favorite in our home, and yours looks incredibly yummy!

  3. Oh, it looks delicious! You can work in my office anytime! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  4. Oh my goodness, what luck!!!! I stumbled your blog and found recipes for cakes that I have been searching for good ones for a long time. This german chocolate cake is on my list next to make. I’m looking for a recipe for a good coconut cake to make for an event. Do you have a good recipe for a coconut cake? Your recipes for cakes look so good. Can’t wait to start making some of them.


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